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Doctocracy

Doctocracy

Being a doctor is, apparently, a noble, fulfilling, humanitarian, interesting profession. Many dream of joining the medical fraternity – a selected group of modern angels, superheroes, gods of life and death, who dart silently along hospital corridors in their white coats, like clouds in the sky during windy weather. Swinging stethoscopes around necks, batteries of pens in pockets, name tags pinned to chests plus other tools of trade attached here and there (torches, tourniquets, tape meters, handbooks, smartphones, chocolate bars, fizzy drinks) add to the mystery of those creatures and boost public respect.

Surely, all doctors think about is the next case: diagnosis, optimal prescription, maybe an operation. Undoubtedly, their tense faces signify concern about patients, worry about the initiated therapies’ outcomes, care about sick, injured or the otherwise troubled (labouring mothers; snoring husbands; climacteric wives; victims of nature who cry for more pouty lips etc.). Certainly, constant restlessness of medics affirms sufferers – their saviours rush to assist instantaneously. Right?

Wrong…

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The Power of Solitude (Part II)

The power of solitude

Greg had his moment of glory once – a moment which proved to him the impact of unleashed autonomy. Namely, he was asked to evaluate a database used to collect clinical data of all pregnant women treated in the city’s public sector. He was aware about that intranet marvel, because each meeting’s agenda sported a point dedicated to it. However, apart from hearing vague announcements (“Everything is going well!”; “The recent coding glitch has been fixed, bravo!”; “We have extended the network to the northern suburbs, hurray!”), he had never had a chance to see even a screenshot of the program’s interface.

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